Stuart Tolley is and art director with a specific interest in the music, magazine, typography, photographic and book publishing industries.
To date he has authored two visual culture books, published by Thames & Hudson, that explore contemporary design trends that occur in response to digital developments and social, political environments.
He has also hosted panel talks about photographing music (Bleep 10 years, The Barbican) and Simplification in graphic design (Soho House). He has also been interviewed by Monocle Radio, about limited edition graphic design for the music industry, and lecturered about Minimalism in graphic design, at the It’s Nice That ‘Nicer Tuesdays’ event.
Stuart has curated numerous exhibitions, most notable to launch his first book, Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, held at the KK Outlet in London and the Life in 2050 exhibitio, to promote the launch of the Sci-Fi-London film festival. In both instances he curated and managed the successful launch of each event, which gained press attention by the BBC, Creative Review, It’s Nice That, Dazed and Confused and Design Week.
Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics:
‘Documents in gorgeous, specially commissioned photography the lengths to which some now go to provide the ultimate collectable’ – Privatair
‘Stunning … gorgeous images … the book itself is an homage to the genre’– Aesthetica
‘Tolley covers more than 180 examples, with nearly 500 photographs documented and indexed with the care and precision of an obsessive fan … I found myself whisked into an arcane world of craft’– Eye Magazine
MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design
'Tolley, founder of Transmission, a London graphic design studio and editorial consultancy, photographed the book’s more than 400 visual examples with a precise and stripped-down overall vision that serves the subject matter well. His photography maintains uniform backgrounds in cool neutral shades of pale blue and cream with a defined horizon line and almost no shadows, to keep the distraction level down and allow viewers to focus on the work.'